Industrial, Artistic, bathroom, contemporary, cool, creative, design, Inspiration, modern
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 04:59:41 +0000
When it comes to designing your bathroom or kitchen, whether you’re planning a few changes or a complete overhaul; if you’re aiming for a sleek, modern look or something fun and artistic; or if your goal is to incorporate ecologically-friendly fixtures, the numerous sink choices available to consumers these days ensure that no matter what you’re looking for, there’s a perfect sink for you. Whatever your preferred aesthetic, the clever, creative, and beautiful designs available today guarantee you’ll find just the sink to fit your needs! Below you will find twenty-five creative sink designs meant to inspire you. Enjoy! 1. Circular Water Station Island by KWC 2. MySlot 3. Mystic Sink by Elkay 4. Ammonite Washbasin 5. Aquarium Sink 6. Novus Undermount Single Bowl Sink 7. Guitar Sink 8. ConcreteWood Sink by WertWerke 9. Water Map by Julia Kononenko 10. Alveo 11. Farmhouse Sink by Rohl 12. Step Basin 13. Foglio Ceramilux Sink by Mario Ferrarini 14. Acquaio Vessel Sink in Solid Bamboo Woo 15. Aqua Laminated Transparent Glass Counter Top 16. Luna Bar Sink 17. Lavabo Skin Sink by Lago 18. Eaux Eaux Sink by Joel Roberts 19. Signature Erosion Sink by Gore Design Co. 20. Strappo Sink by Antonio Lupi 21. Soffio 22. Covo 23. Dieresi 24. Waterfall 25. The Abisko Washbasin by Eumar Santhenica and Johan Kauppi
Packaging, beautiful, creative, design, Inspiration, Minimal, packaging
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 04:51:56 +0000
The saying ‘less is more’, is something of a rule to live by in today’s society. Designers take note – a minimalistic approach now overrules the flashy gaudiness of yesteryear. Today we find even the most simple of ideas the most endearing, and it’s becoming a noticeable trend among consumers who favor clutter-free packaging, dressed-down products, and no-fuss marketing, over which product is the shiniest, and which has the most colorful label. Take a look at these amazing examples of simplistic packaging. They’ve turned down the loud, and obnoxious look and created products you’ll want to buy – even if it is just for the packaging. Mr Black MR BLACK is a cold drip coffee liqueur from Australia that is truly in a league of its own. This award-winning product is a perfect pick thanks to its packaging. While the liqueur itself is world-renowned – if it comes in a bottle this gorgeous, do we really care what’s inside? X-Pen The X-Pen may be a pen, but it isn’t just any old pen – which is immediately noticeable by its sleek, stylish design. This felt tip pen is crafted out of machined 6061 aircraft grade aluminium, and its creators (a group of designers who are clearly worth their weight in gold) say it is meant to embody the ‘passion, creativity, and hard work that goes into design’. Well, we would certainly agree. One-handed First Aid Kit by Gabriele Meldaikyte This One-handed First Aid Kit may be everything you’ve ever dreamed of if you’re wounded and in need of a one handed assist – but it’s hard to look past its genius, simplistic design. Cute, classic, and containing all the bells and whistles a first aid kit should without bragging about it. And the packaging is so simple that you can access it with one hand. Priceless. Undercover Pinot Noir by Ampro Undercover Pinot Noir – the brainchild of design firm Ampro Design, was a self-promotion that allowed them to sneakily gift clients a bottle of fine pinot noir. This adorable ‘milk’ bottle is certainly a think-outside-the-box champion when it comes to simplifying packaging. Apparently their main objective was to stand out from the crowd amongst the other gifts that their clients received over the winter holiday season. Mission accomplished! Fire Fighter Vodka by Timur Salikhov We all love a product that says what it means, and means what it says. Well, Fire Fighter Vodka does just that. Use it in case of a party. It’s a big, red fire extinguisher, filled with thirst quenching Russian vodka. Pure class. 5 Olive Oil by Designers United Clean and simple. 5 Olive Oil -Pure & Powerful Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oil. This new premium quality Greek extra virgin olive oil plays on its name – where 5 stands for quintessence in olive oil, it also stands for the five principles of stunningly minimal packaging. Keep. It. Simple. Fresh. Crisp and Clean. Mel de Cal Milio – Simply Beautiful Spanish Honey Mel de Cal Milio – Simply Beautiful Spanish Honey. And might we add simply beautiful packaging too? Simple and a little bit sultry, with a lovely play on the origin of the honey with the design of the label. Zen Perfume by Good Creative Marketing PR (Russian) Zen Perfume -scents that are inspired by nature. Ah, we see what you’ve done here – and we love it. Delicate products of Mother Nature are seamlessly incorporated into each perfume bottle design, so you are literally one with nature when using these perfumes. These also make for beautiful ornaments even after the scent is gone. Nature for keeps. Pluto by Bang & Olufsen This minimal package design for skincare brand, Pluto by Bang & Olufsen is a brilliant reflection of everything that’s within the bottle. Simple, sleek skincare. Selfridges Tea by Noreen Khan and Lewis Moberly Selfridges Tea is a cheerful celebration of minimalistic packaging. Colourful, yet not overpowering, these gorgeous paper bags are a treat fit for any tea party. The Secret Keepers by Vasilis Papadopoulos and Thanasis Tsampoukas The Secret Keepers are ‘one of the finest harvesters’ of virgin olive oil, green olives and honey, and their packaging says just as much as the actual product. ‘The Secret Keepers’ are self-proclaimed keepers of hidden secrets of tradition. The minimalistic design of their packaging is perhaps, one of their best kept. Inspiron and Vostro by Mucho The packaging redesigns for Dell’s Inspiron and Vostro reflect an environmentally conscious organisation, whilst still being at the forefront of communications technology. Simple, bold graphics, and minimal detail make this upcycled packaging something worth noting. PURO Premium Water by Filippos Protogeridis PURO Premium Water looks as fresh as it tastes. The bottle has a simplistic design, and the only added detail to its otherwise sleek physique, is the addition of the cork bung (for the Still Water) and the granite bung (for the Sparkling). PANACEA by Alexey Malina The name Panacea is the name for ‘universal remedy’ and thus the album imagery was visualized as a ‘pill’. While the concept behind naming your album after a pill is complex – the aesthetic of a tiny piano encased in pill form is rather endearing. Pure, white, and light. While this New Zealand vodka ticks all the boxes when it comes to great taste, purity, and quality, so does its packaging. Vodka jelly in a unique sealant packaging? Manly tool meets feminine bottle – this is a great party trick for entertaining a crowd. Harmonian by Mousegraphics Harmonian food products have hit the nail on the head with their radically simple packaging. Flour, pasta, oil, and herb infusions are bundled up in boxes, with the design based on the Triticum Dicoccum variety of wheat seeds. The seed is one of the earliest domesticated crops in the ancient world, and the use of tem in showcasing each Harmonium product reminds us of the versatile nature of not only the seed itself, but the product inside. Copenhagen Copenhagen is the name of Carlsberg’s new beer, although you wouldn’t guess that by looking at its sleek and sexy design. Simplicity reigns here, and they’ve succeeded in targeting a new generation of beer drinkers who love the total package of design, taste, and quality. Harry Brompton by Cartils Harry Brompton’s premium alcoholic ice tea has a classic and old fashioned look about it, but at the same time it’s dominating the market as a the next big thing in lifestyle beverages. Jealous Sweets by B&B studio Simple, elegant and stunning – Jealous Sweets have that ‘much too good for children’ appeal, which is perfect for these high end sweeties that are the ultimate gift for grown-ups. Detailed luxury boxes, glossing, embossing, and foil blocking – simply, sweet. Restored Water by Morgan Sterns Restored water was ‘strongly influenced by the process of taking highly treated wastewater that would have previously been discharged into the Pacific Ocean and purifying it using a three-step advanced treatment process.’ The clean cut glass bottles mixed with the rustic charm of the wooden box is a great combination of elegance, old and new. Fruits & Passion by lg2boutique Recently, Fruits & Passion introduced a new range of packaging to portray their new CHERRY, BAMBOO and COCONUT products. While the use of white space, colourful and bold type that jumps off the packaging is incredible, the playful use of the coconut shape, bamboo texture, and boldness of the cherry creates a fresh, zesty energy – which is a perfect reflection of the brand. Provenance by Jog Limited Provenance high-quality home ware products are made from recycled, reclaimed and renewable materials, so it is fitting that their packaging reflects as much. Each product has a story to tell, with the packaging using a ‘this is now’ and ‘this was’ approach to explaining the recyclability of each. For example, ‘this bottle was once a part of a building’ to the reverse ‘this is now an antipasti platter set’ on the front.” Heineken Icone Pure by ORA-ÏTO 100% sustainable aluminum bottles, and a chic new look for one of world’s most renowned beers? Meet the the Icone Pure by Heineken. This unique bottle is pure white with a green dotted inscription and still features the iconic green logo of Heineken on the front and back.
Blogging, commont, educational, english, grammar, language, mistakes, writing
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 05:09:57 +0000
As a frequent reader of various blogs, I often find myself running into common grammar mistakes. I decided to cover the top 5 mistakes I constantly see being made. I’m not going to lie, the English language is strange. So don’t feel bad if you’ve previously committed these mistakes. Let’s get to it… Affect Versus Effect How do you know when to use the word affect and effect? This is a very common question, and it is one that many people become confused over. Here is an explanation about both words and how to use them. When should the word Affect be used? Affect basically means “to influence,” so for example, “The storm had a disastrous affect upon the town.” When should the word Effect be used? This word has several meanings when used as a noun, but the main meaning is that of obtaining a result. So for example, Tom’s bad mood had a negative effect upon Amy”. One rule of thumb is to remember that affect is usually used as a verb (so a word that describes an action or ‘doing ‘something), and effect as a noun (a thing, person or place). So if we consider the word affect as a verb, we could use the following examples: “Running affected Sam’s heart rate.” “Many children are affected by disabilities.” “Homes around the country are suffering and are badly affected by poverty.” If we consider effect as a noun, then we can use the following examples: “Air pollution has been proven to have a negative effect upon health.” “What is the effect upon children who drink too many sugary drinks?” I.e. Versus E.g. “I.e.” and “e.g.” have completely different meanings and should be used accordingly. So what exactly do they mean? Well they are both abbreviated from the Latin with i.e., meaning “that is” as well as helping to clarify a sentence and its meaning, while e.g., means “for example”. One way to remember this is to think, i.e., has an ‘I’, so means that is, while e.g., means for example while also sounding like the word, ‘egg’ sample. If you were to write a list of your favorite foods and wanted to provide a few examples you could write, “My favorite foods are for e.g., pizza, chocolate, chips, and apples.” This, therefore, is not a definitive list as there will be other favorite foods but these are a few examples. I.e. means “that is” so if you used i.e., in the above sentence it would give a slightly different meaning. “My favorite foods are i.e., pizza, chocolate, chips and apples.” This sentence gives clarification to favorite foods and is a definitive list. Who versus Whom When to use the words “Who” and “Whom” Both of these words are pronouns, so they are words that ‘stand in’ for a noun, so what are the correct ways to use them? “Who” is always used when referring to a subject, and “whom” when referring to an object. So for example if we are referring to people within a sentence the person who is doing something is the subject and the word “who” should be used, and the object of the sentence is the person who is having something done to them and therefore the word, “whom” should be used. So for example, “Who made the delicious cake?” “Who is in the living room?” “Whom did you talk to today at school?” “Whom did John blame for the accident? Lay Versus Lie The distinction to make between these two words is that lay requires the meaning of a direct object and the word lie does not. So for example, “you lie down on the bed” (this has no direct object) but if you write, “you lay the newspaper on the coffee table (then the direct object is the newspaper). These two examples are in the present tense as you are writing about doing something right now, However with regards to the past tense things change. Lay is used in the present tense and lie in the past tense. So for example: “Last weekend the cat lay down on the rug.” Laid is the past tense of lay so for this we could write, “Tom laid his laptop on the table.” Which Versus That These two words are commonly confused with people not understanding when to use them. “That” is used before a restrictive clause while “which” should be used for everything else. Restrictive Clause—simply put this is the part of the sentence that cannot be removed as it restricts a part of the sentences, so for example, “Hens that cluck are the most happy.” Here we need both the word hens and cluck for the sentence to make sense. “Which” is used with a nonrestrictive clause, so something that can be removed with the remaining sentence still making sense. In a way the nonrestrictive clause provides additional information and not information that is a necessity. “Hens which cluck often are usually very happy.” Hens do cluck so if we remove the word cluck from the sentence, the meaning will still remain the same.
Industrial, carpets, cool, creative, design, home, Inspiration, mats, rugs
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 04:56:01 +0000
Are you tired of that old worn out rug on your beautiful hardwood floor? Did you keep it for so long because it was a family heirloom? Well, if you have not shopped for a new rug in a while, you will be amazed at the beautiful new designs that are available. The different sizes, patterns, colors, and designs are too many to count. You can even have one designed to specifically match your furniture, wallpaper, bed linen or your beautifully colored draperies. A new rug can give any room a bright and cheerful appearance, one that you just can’t wait to show off to your friends and family. Rugs can be designed with an odd shape or size to fit any area whether it is small, misshaped, or very large. If you want you can choose a design that is related to your favorite vacation destination, movie theme, favorite pet, or even a national monument. You may even to choose to hang your brand new rug on a wall. Show off that awesome new rug by hanging it behind your sofa or bed, all you need to do is be creative. Here are thirty groovy carpets and rugs for you inspiration. Enjoy! After Matisse Rug by Sonya Winner Wood Rug by Ruckstuhl 3D Effect Rug by Liam Hopkins Masas Rug by Gan Persian Rug Puzzle Approaching 10243 Rug by Hussein Chalayan Glitch Rug by Richard Hutten Tresse Rug by Samuel Accoceberry Shadow Chair & Rug by Duffy London Woody Wood Rug Confusion Rug by Pravdoliub Ivanov Stair Rug by Vanessa Su Bommel Carpet by MYK Play Modular Carpet by Piodão Group Flying Carpet Coffee Table Roadkill Carpet Walk the Green Carpet by Gaëlle Villedary Scrabble Rug Skeleton Dungeon Halloween Floor Rug Monster Skin Rug Land Carpet by Florian Pucher Sea Sea Carpet by Christian Ghion Legno-Legno Roll-up Wooden Carpet Jeans Label Carpet by Polytuft Blue Moon Waltz Rug Map Carpets by Area Pavimenti Fancy it Flying Carpet Rug by Nani Marquina Op Art Carpet by Marina Apollonio Bird’s Nest Rug by Katrin Greiling Moss Carpet by Nguyen La Chanh
Video, encouraging, Inspiration, life, motivation, thought provoking, Videos
Thu, 17 Jul 2014 05:33:08 +0000
As humans, we constantly try to define our meaning and existence on planet Earth. What is this? Why are we here? What’s my purpose? I don’t know about you, but I constantly find myself asking these questions. The curiosity inside me to know what life is about can be overwhelming at times… Every now and then, I tend to experience a rollercoaster of emotions. Some days I feel grateful for my existence, and others I feel like everything is meaningless. Whenever I find myself stuck in the “Everything is meaningless” phase, I try to snap out of it by watching thought provoking videos. The following are some of my favorite videos. I hope they will expand your mind. Good luck! Sonder A beautiful video reminding you that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own. Live Your Life as a Hero Forget those silly motivation quotes. Watch this video and you’ll live your life to the fullest. (I’m not going to lie, I teared up a bit at the end.) Look Up A great video on how social media and technology is making us antisocial. Music and Life – Alan Watts One of my favorite videos of all time. Animated by Matt Stone and Trey Parker. What Would You Do If Money Were No Object? The title is self explanatory, but I still urge you to sit and ponder about it after watching this video. Joe Rogan & Bryan Callen on Haters An inspiring video about haters and hard work. Dream – Motivational Video A moving video about chasing your dreams. What Have We Become Family is important. Share quality time and make priceless memories with them. A Message for All of Humanity Charlie Chaplin’s inspirational final speech in “The Great Dictator.” Existential Bummer An eye opening video about human existence. Nature by Numbers Geometry is everywhere you look… Are you living YOUR life? (NSFW) A video that encourages you to stay away from the vicious cycle in our society. Society Trap – Joe Rogan Outstanding video from Joe Rogan. He digs deep and points out what’s wrong with our society. The Innovation of Loneliness What does Facebook do to your brain? Watch this video to find out. Jim Carrey’s Secret of Life Important life lessons shared by Jim Carrey at the 2014 Maharishi University of Management Graduation.